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Don't Send Ahmed Back to Genocide

Update: Ahmed has been given removal directions again, for Wednesday 3rd September 2014 at 9:30pm.

Mohamed Babeker Osman Ahmed came to the UK from Darfur, Sudan in May 2014, and was detained upon arrival. He's been in detention since then, and has recently received removal directions, despite the fact that he is unsafe in Sudan. As part of the Fulani ethnic minority in Sudan, Ahmed faces persecution if he is to return to Sudan. Here in the UK, Ahmed has formed links with the Fulani community even whilst in detention, and has formed friendships and become part of the community.

In January 2014, after contact with the British Council, Ahmed came to the UK with a Sudanese community group to attend a course in community development. Upon returning to Sudan, Ahmed was arrested, investigated, and punished by the police for his involvement in the Group of the Environment, a Sudanese community group dedicated to building a strong community. The group has since been shut down by the police.

He fled an ongoing war in Darfur and came to the UK to seek safety. Ahmed was politically active in Sudan as a member of groups such as Group of the Environment, and the leader of volunteer organisation Active Citizen. He has faced police repression in Sudan for his political involvement, and would face investigation and likely imprisonment if he is to return to Sudan.

Please sign his petition <>here . . . . ,

Major Action: Lobby Qatar Airways, quoting; Mohamed Babeker Osman Ahmed' flight number QR 002-UR 12929.

Qatar Airways (QR)
3rd Floor, Victoria Buildings, Albert Square
1-7 Princess Street, Manchester, M2 4DF
telephone: 0844 846 8380 or 020 7341 6031
fax: 0161 838 5398

Email/Faxing Theresa May, Home Secretary  - please quote, Mohamed Babeker Osman Ahmed HO REf: A1854152, due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Wednesday 3rd September 2014)
Ask her to exercise her discretionary powers to stay the removal and release Mohamed and to grant him protection in the UK .

Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office,
2 Marsham St
London SW1 4DF
Fax: 020 7035 4745
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Iraq Violence Killed at Least 1,420 in August
At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August as sectarian violence raged in the country's centre and north, the United Nations said on Monday. A further 1,370 Iraqis were wounded and 600,000 people forced to flee as Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas of territory since June, pushed into land controlled by Kurdish troops and targeted religious minorities. "Thousands continue to be targeted and killed by ISIL (Islamic State) and associated armed groups simply on account of their ethnic or religious background. The true cost of this human tragedy is staggering," the U.N. representative in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, said. The U.N. said the casualty figures could be far higher but it could not get independent verification of reports of hundreds of incidents in areas under Islamic State's control.

Grave Crimes Committed on 'Unimaginable Scale' in Iraq
United Nations officials today urged an immediate end to the acts of violence and abuses committed against civilians in Iraq, particularly against children and people from various ethnic and religious communities, as the Human Rights Council met to discuss the ongoing crisis. ÒThe reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale,Ó Flavia Pansieri, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in her opening remarks to the UN Human Rights Council's special session on Iraq. During the session, the Council adopted a resolution requesting the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to urgently dispatch a mission to Iraq to investigate alleged violations and abuses committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated groups. It also condemned Òin the strongest possible terms systematic violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law resulting from the terrorist acts committed by ISIL and associated groups Òwhich may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.


UKHO Immigration Statistics, April to June 2014

Published 28 August 2014: All data below relate to the year ending June 2014 and all comparisons are with the year ending June 2013, unless indicated otherwise.

Removals and Voluntary Departures
There were 12% fewer (-1,744) enforced removals from the UK in the year ending June 2014 (12,415), the lowest figure since the series began in 2004.

However there was a much larger, 3,940 increase (+12%) in total voluntary departures, to 37,216. Over the same period the number of passengers refused entry at port and who subsequently departed increased by 3% (+424) to 14,671.

In the year ending June 2014, there were 4,279 enforced removals of people who had sought asylum at some stage, down 15% from the previous year (5,058). This figure is 64% lower than the peak in 2004 (11,743) when this data series began. In the year ending June 2014, 66% of total enforced removals were non-asylum cases (8,136), down 11% from the previous year (9,101) and down 19% from the peak of 10,070 in 2008.

The highest number of enforced removals in the year ending June 2014 were for nationals of Pakistan (1,747; 14% of the total). The second highest were for nationals of India (1,148; 9% of the total).

In the year ending June 2014, provisional data show that 4,905 foreign national offenders (FNOs) were removed, an increase of 1% from the previous year (4,870).

The number of people entering detention fell 2% to 29,124. There was a decline, continuing a long term trend, in the proportion of detainees being removed, from 59% in the year ending June 2013 to 56% in the year ending June 2014. There was an increase in the proportion of detainees granted temporary admission or release from 34% to 36% over the same period.

As at the end of June 2014, 3,079 people were in detention, 2% fewer than 12 months earlier (3,142).

In the second quarter of 2014 (April to June), 19 children entered detention in immigration removal centres, short-term holding facilities and pre-departure accommodation, which, together with the figures for the first quarters of 2011 and 2014, is the lowest in the series. Of the 20 children leaving detention in the second quarter of 2014, 16 were removed from the UK, 3 were granted temporary admission or release and one was released into the care of the local authority.

Permission to stay permanently (settlement)
There were 24% fewer (-36,434) grants of permission to stay permanently (settlement), falling to 117,737, accounted for by falls in work-related (-12,495), family-related (-19,261) and asylum-related grants (-7,167), slightly offset by an increase in grants for other reasons (+2,489).

There were 23,479 asylum applications (main applicants), similar to the previous 12 months (23,523), but low relative to the peak in 2002 (84,132). The largest numbers of applications were from Pakistani (3,081), Eritrean (2,115), Iranian (2,041) and Syrian (1,716) nationals.

The number of initial decisions on asylum applications has decreased by 26%, to 13,861 in the year ending June 2014. Of these decisions, 37% (5,066) were grants of asylum, a form of temporary protection or other type of grant.

At the end of June 2014, 21,104 of the applications for asylum received since April 2006 from main applicants were pending a decision (initial decision, appeal or further review). This was 45% more than at the end of June 2013 (14,589). The number of decisions outstanding increased during this period due to a decrease in staffing levels following a restructure initiated by the UK Border Agency. The Home Office has recruited over 170 decision makers since January to address this and is continuing to do so.

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service received 6,610 asylum appeals from main applicants in the year ending June 2014, a fall of 24% compared with the previous 12 months (8,754).

At the end of June 2014, 26,720 asylum seekers were being supported while their asylum claim was finally determined (under Section 95). The number of failed asylum seekers and their dependants receiving support (under Section 4) was 4,862. These were up 25% and 9% respectively compared with the previous year.

Source UKHO Statistics found <>here . . . .

Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004

introduced criminal penalties for individuals who fail to cooperate with attempts to obtain travel documents to facilitate their removal from the UK.  

BID’s Travel Document Project has been obtaining data on the number of criminal prosecutions and convictions under Section 35 of the Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004 through a series of FOI requests, and we have just received the numbers for 2013 from the MoJ.   

From January 1st 2013 to December 31 2013, 4 people were proceeded against and two were found guilty.  

The number of criminal prosecutions and convictions under s35 spanning the entire period since the Act came into force on 22 September 2004, can be found in the table below:

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts offences under Section 35 of the Asylum and Immigration

Year 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Proceded Against 0 8 13 12 33 11 8 1 8 4
Found Guilty 0 4 7 9 25 7 8 o 6 2

Last updated 2 September, 2014